July 4, 2011 Subject:
Great works by the Master himself
Thank God for this site! Been trying to locate Williams work not knowing it is already on archive.org!! This is a must for serious historians of Broadway & of influential artists. Bert Williams has paved the way for so many including WC Fields & at least has a showcase preserved on film A NATURAL BORN GAMBLER which he directed. His songs are sheer gnius done with deep feeling, sad to hear he led a tragic life. But with this material, someone will re-discover & bring up this comic genius to light...
February 3, 2008 Subject:
A man who deserves to be remembered
A great star of vaudeville and one of America's first African-American stars. These recordings are very high quality.I've been aware of Bert Williams for many years but this is the first time I've heard a good cross section of his work. W.C. Fields called him the funniest man alive on stage and the saddest off stage.